de·​vein (ˌ)dē-ˈvān How to pronounce devein (audio)
deveined; deveining; deveins

transitive verb

: to remove the dark dorsal vein from (shrimp)

Examples of devein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unpeeled raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined: Can substitute with other sizes of shrimp if needed. Pam Lolley, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 For ideal peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, devein the shrimp without removing the shell. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2023 Stir pepper mixture, sausage, and 8 ounces peeled and deveined, small fresh shrimp into pasta mixture. Julie Miltenberger, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023 To devein shrimp: Use a sharp paring knife to make an incision beside the vein running along the back of the shrimp. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 19 July 2023 When all the shrimp are deveined, drop them into the stockpot and reduce the heat to a simmer. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2023 Destem, deseed and devein the ancho and guajillo chiles. Janelle Davis, CNN, 22 Apr. 2023 Yields: Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. extra-large peeled and deveined shrimp 2 tbsp. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 17 Apr. 2023 Shell the shrimp and devein if large. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of devein was in 1953

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“Devein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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